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Arctic Fritillary
Boloria chariclea
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General Description

By Nora Bryan

The Arctic Fritillary (separated from the similar Titania Fritillary which is now considered to be solely a European species) is a tough little northern butterfly that makes its home well into the Arctic. In Alberta it is found in mixed forests or cool moist meadows from June through August.

This small fritillary, with a wingspan of 35 to 45 mm (1 ? to 1 in.) has the orange and black wing pattern typical of fritillaries in general. The hind underwing pattern, which is where one must look to ID most butterflies, including fritillaries, is purplish brown with broken yellowish or rusty coloured zigzag lines and pale coloured triangular patches. There is a row of white marginal spots capped with black chevrons and a row of black spots above.

The grey caterpillars sport black stripes and orange spines. They eat western bistort, willows and probably violets as well.

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Recent Arctic Fritillary Reports in Alberta


No. Location Reporter Date
2 Douglas Glen Davis 2004/06/03

Arctic Fritillary Hotspots in Alberta

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